31 July 2018                                                                            View this email in your browser
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Homelessness Week Challenge!

Are you up to the challenge? For this year's Homelessness Week (August 6-12) , we invite you to help fight negative stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness. To complete the challenge and win a trophy, please use the following guide to write a social media post or a news story about issues to do with housing affordability and homelessness during the week: 

Only use images in your story that represent who is really experiencing homelessness. Why? Because rough sleepers only account for around 5% of the homeless population. Use images that show a diverse range of people experiencing housing stress and living in housing that is not affordable, safe or secure, people of all ages and walks of life. The latest data from the AIHW's Specialist Homelessness Services reveal that the top three reasons for clients seeking help in South Australia was due to a housing crisis, domestic and family violence, and inadequate or inappropriate dwelling conditions. Say no to "park bench images".

When you're writing, posting or talking about people experiencing homelessness, think about HOUSING. Why? Because to solve homelessness, we must always think about housing; someone living on a low income cannot afford a private rental, and we don't have enough public housing for over 20,000 people on the waiting list - the gap between the rent is too big. 
Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in your story or post about housing and homelessness, and we'll share it and award your trophy which will be in jpeg format. 

We have also created a list of resources with the most current statistics about homelessness in South Australia, as well as the housing crisis that faces people living on low incomes. 
  • ABS Census Data 2016: The most current Census data from 2016, revealing the number of South Australians that were experiencing homelessness at the time of the count. Shockingly, there were 314 children aged 0-12 in supported accommodation for the homeless, as well as over 800 children being classified as "homeless" across the State. 
  • AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Report 2016-17 South Australia: A fact sheet with all the latest data for South Australians experiencing homelessness. This includes the client characteristics, trends in South Australian client numbers, housing outcomes and client groups of interest. 
  • National Rental Affordability Index: A price index for rental housing markets, with an interactive map that takes into account rental affordability relative to household incomes. It is crucial in understanding the unaffordable private rental market in South Australia. 
We hope that you will use #HW2018 to set the record straight about homelessness, and stop the stereotyping of our most vulnerable members of society. Housing is a basic human right!

Learning from the Past, Looking into the Future

We are currently seeing a spike in
older women needing assistance with
the affordability and security of their
housing, homelessness and the costs
of living. With the working conditions,
women experienced years ago, lower
wages, time off for raising children
and no superannuation, it is easy
to see why this crisis is happening
for a generation of women today.
We must learn from the past and put
energy into planning for the future
before it is too late.

Read Bonnie's article.

Homeless Connect: Health and Housing Expo

If you have any questions or issues with registration, email Michelle at or call us on 8223 4077.
Register now!

New faces at Shelter SA!

We are excited to introduce two new faces at the office - Kate, a student intern from the University of Adelaide, and Lara, our new Public Relations Officer. Kate has a background in social sciences and health science and will be conducting research into emergency relief, and Lara will be producing a series of written and visual products for our website and social media! Lara is new to the human services sector, so please join us in welcoming her to Shelter SA!
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